Towards the upliftment of tribals, the Girijan Welfare Department of the Government of Andhra Pradesh is organising a 9-day Girijan Utsav at Shilparamam from 12th to 20th January. The utsav houses 100 stalls containing forest and agricultural products of tribals in agency areas from various districts of the state. The produce includes raw honey, soya and rajma beans, tamarind, medicinal herbs, shikakai, cashews, bamboo rice, dried amla, coffee seeds, brooms and hand-woven mats, as also many other forest products.
600 girijans from 35 different tribe sects are coming from all over the state. The government has arranged for accommodation, transportation, food and the stalls, all free of cost. Some huts built by the girijans themselves have been installed by Shilparamam, in which they live while here. Visitors can also have a look at these huts and know about the lifestyles of these tribals.
Tribal dances of Araku, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Khammam, Adilabad, Nalgonda, Nellore, Kurnool and Warangal, such as Rela dance, Dhimsa dance, Chenchu dance, Mayuri dance, Kurru dance, Keelugurram, Bison horn dance, Gusadi dance, Dhimsa dance, Lambada dance, Savara dance, Kolatam, Kondarelli dance and Godugu Golusu dance, will be performed daily from 4:00pm.
The entry is by tickets of Rs. 20 per adult and Rs. 10 per child. Please contact the venue at 2310-0455 for further details.